This may seem to be an oversimplified suggestion. Chew your food? Well obviously! Of course I chew my food.
But, I will venture to guess that you aren’t chewing well enough. I know I don’t. Not always. My family will probably be surprised to hear me say that because I’m always last to finish dinner. But, I have to consciously make the decision to chew well everytime I have a meal. Especially when I’m in a hurry.
So, this is for me, as much as it is for you. Read on to find out why you will want to pay more attention to how well you chew your food, and also some ways to do it consistently.
Even if you already know the benefits of chewing more, it always reinvigorates a habit to be reminded. I know it renewed my own chewing habit as I wrote this!read more
I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be mindful. I already knew it was a powerful way to get a handle on cravings, but I found many more benefits!
When you stop to ask yourself if you are actually hungry, or what you are hungry for, it becomes easier to eat what is nourishing to the body.
No, I don’t do it 100% of the time, but it has become a habit most of the time.
Perfection in anything is an unattainable goal that can cause us to stop making any effort at all. When we have unrealistic expectations, we are always disappointed.
So, I have been thinking about this process a lot. Stopping the chatter in my mind, and making a choice about what to think instead.
It’s more about making a choice!
I love what is happening as a result!read more
If you’re an emotional eater, you may feel guilty and blame yourself for your lack of willpower. Stop right there!
Be kind to yourself. Emotional eating can only be overcome with patience and kindness. Change one habit at a time and take small steps towards a healthy lifestyle.
Here are a few practical ways to eat for nourishment, instead of out of habit or stress.read more
Sometimes breakfast just doesn't fit into our schedule the way it should. How we begin the day will determine how the rest of the day goes. It will determine if we feel energized or if we are dragging with a lack of energy. What we put in our bellies is directly...read more
Do you feel like you have no “willpower”? Do you feel miserable after binging on cookies and ice cream at the end of a long day or week?
I get that! It’s so tempting to reach for a chocolate bar when things aren’t going so well, or have a piece of cake when it just happens to be in the break room on my lunch hour.
But I feel so much better when I choose to say “no thanks”.
It’s not willpower that will help you break free from cravings. Instead, you need a new game plan. To get you on your way, start by learning what tempts you most.
What are your triggers?
The first step is to find out what triggers your cravings and why you indulge in emotional eating. Start by asking yourself a few questions:read more
Do you eat when you're not really hungry? I know I do! We all have those moments when we eat something just because it's there, or it just feels good. My weakness is at a potluck. So many people bring so much homemade goodness. It is hard for me to not try...read more
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